Wellness Clean Beauty 3 Recipes for Homemade Healing Lip Balms By Katherine Martinko Senior Writer University of Toronto Katherine Martinko is a writer and expert in sustainable living. She holds a degree in English Literature and History from the University of Toronto. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Katherine Martinko Updated October 11, 2018 CC BY 2.0. Steven De Polo Share Twitter Pinterest Email Wellness Health & Well-being Clean Beauty Perfect for winter, this DIY project will ensure your lips stay smooth and moisturized for the rest of the winter. For people who live in cold places, it’s that time of year when a container of good lip balm becomes one’s best friend. Nothing feels quite so good as rubbing balm into chapped lips that desperately need it. You can save money by making your own, particularly if you want a pure, green, all-natural version. Here a few easy recipes to try. A good tip is to keep your old lip balm tubes and containers for reuse. Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls • 1/8 c. coconut oil • 1/2 Tbsp shea butter • 1/2 Tbsp cocoa butter • 1/2 tsp honey • 1 tsp cocoa powder • 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (or 2 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules) • 3 drops peppermint essential oil Place the shea and cocoa butters in a small pot or double boiler, and add the coconut oil. Heat over VERY low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Try not to let the mixture go over 175 degrees, or the shea butter could end up a little gritty.) Add the beeswax and stir well. After the beeswax has completely melted, remove the mixture from the heat and add the essential oil, honey, vitamin E, and cocoa powder, whisking well the whole time. After everything is incorporated and smooth, transfer to a lip balm tube or tin and allow to set for 3 hours. Note: This balm gets very hard, which makes it perfect for a tube; otherwise you’ll need some patience rubbing it with your finger to soften. Recipe via Crunchy Betty Moisturizing Lip Balm • 1 1/2 tsp grated beeswax• 1 1/2 tsp shea butter• 1/2 tsp jojoba oil• 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil• 3-4 drops sweet orange essential oil or peppermint oil (or another flavor oil if you prefer)• 10 drops vitamin E 1000 IU Melt beeswax, shea butter, and oils together in a double boiler. Remove from heat. When mixture has cooled down a bit, add essential oil and the vitamin E into the mixture. Stir and pour into lip balm containers. Allow to solidify. This should be hard enough to use in lip balm tubes. If it is too hard, add a little more jojoba or sweet almond oil. Makes about 5 tubes. Recipe via From Nature with Love Healing Lip Salve Use this salve to cure dried, cracked, and chapped lips. The long list of herbs may appear daunting, but they are just used to infuse the olive oil ahead of time. They are known for their moisturizing, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities, but are optional. This recipe makes a large batch but healing balm stays good for a long time and can be used in many ways, so it doesn’t hurt to stock up. • 1 cup of olive or almond oil OPTION 1• 1 teaspoon Echinacea root• 1 teaspoon comfrey leaf• 1 teaspoon plantain leaf• 1 teaspoon calendula flowers• 1 teaspoon yarrow flowers• 1 teaspoon rosemary leaf OR OPTION 2• Grapefruit seed extract or vitamin E oil• 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil • 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two ways to do this. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave 3-4 weeks, shaking daily, OR heat the herbs and olive oil over very low heat in a double boiler for 3 hours until the oil is very green. You can also omit this step completely, and use just a drop of each of the essential oils instead. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out. Discard the herbs. Heat 1/4 cup of the infused oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until melted and mixed. (Save the extra oil for use on wounds/cuts or for another batch of lip salve.) Pour into small tins, glass jars or lip chap tubes and use on dry or chapped lips. Recipe via Wellness Mama.